Sir Andrew McFarlane was promoted to the Court of Appeal in July 2011 in a meteoric career rise that began in the drama department of Durham University.
Sir Andrew was called to the Bar by the Gray's Inn in 1977 and took Silk in 1998. He was appointed a High Court Judge assigned to the Family Division in 2005 and was the Family Division Liaison Judge for the Midlands.
Sir Andrew has written extensively about children law, most notably with the late David Hershman QC Hershman and McFarlane: Children Law and Practice, to which he continues to contribute. It is a definitive work which changed the way the law was explained and applied to individual cases.
In addition to his work in court, Sir Andrew is the Chancellor of the Diocese of Exeter, is a member of the Government’s Family Justice Review Panel and is Patron of ‘HOPE’, an innovative children and family centre in Herefordshire.